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Yandex NV (YNDX): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Yandex ( YNDX) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, Yandex rose $0.63 (1.7%) to $38.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,293,312 shares of Yandex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,493,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.78-$39.44 after having opened the day at $38.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.75. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), up 12.8%, HomeAway ( AWAY), up 7.9%, Monster Offers ( MONT), up 6.8% and LookSmart ( LOOK), up 6.6%.

Yandex N.V. operates an Internet search engine in Russia and internationally. Yandex has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 74.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Yandex a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yandex as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 92.3%, Angie's List ( ANGI), down 17.5%, SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), down 8.3% and Trulia ( TRLA), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Google ( GOOG) being today's internet industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the internet industry could consider First Trust Dow Jones Internet Idx ( FDN) while those bearish on the internet industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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